Student Pianist

This degree is designed for students committed to the achievement of excellence in the field of performance. Students pursue this program in one of the following performance areas: percussion, piano, string instruments, voice or wind instruments. This degree program also includes extensive study in music literature, pedagogical techniques, and theory. Students are assigned a staff accompanist at no extra fee.

Note: For students who have a strong interest in composition but are majoring in another area, the School of Music offers the Concentration in Composition. Completion of the Concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript. Course requirements (6 credits minimum): Composition (1.5 credits minimum): Introduction to Music Composition 111 (.5 credit) and Free Composition 307 (.5 credit per semester, can be repeated for credit). Fundamentals of Conducting 227 (.5 credit). Orchestration 309 (1 credit). Tonal Counterpoint 301 or Advanced Analysis 302 (1 credit). Electroacoustic Music 313 (1 credit). History of Musical Style VI: Post-World-War II to the Present 358 (1 credit).

A minimum of 35 course units of credit are required for completion of the Bachelor of Music degree. The basic requirements are further specified as follows:

Piano Performance
Vocal Performance
Instrumental Performance
Composition
Classical Guitar Performance
Additional B.M. Requirements

Major in Piano Performance

35 Units

General Education (9 Units)

School of Music (26 Units)

Course Course Units

Applied Major - Piano

7

Applied Minor

5

Theory

4

Survey of Music History

1

Keyboard Harmony

1

Fundamentals of Conducting

.5

Piano Pedagogy

2

Keyboard Literature

2

Upper Division Theory

choose from:

1

Upper Division Music History

choose from:

2
Ensembles (8 semesters)
Accompanying, (MUS 31), or appropriate ensembles (at least 1 unit (4 semesters) must be Accompanying)
2
Music Electives 3
MUS 15X: Experiencing the Live Performance of Concert Repertoire (7 semesters) NC

 

Student VocalistMajor in Voice:

35 Units

General Education (9 Units)

Requirements

School of Music (26 Units)

Course Course Units

Applied Major - Voice

7

Applied Minor

1

Vocal Diction and Literature

from

1.5

Theory

4

Survey of Music History

1

Keyboard Basics (or proficiency)

NC

Functional Piano

1

Fundamentals of Conducting

.5

Upper Division Theory

choose from:

1

Upper Division Music History

choose from:

2
Opera Theatre .5
Ensembles (8 semesters) 2
Music Electives 4.5
MUS 15X: Experiencing the Live Performance of Concert Repertoire  (7 semesters) NC

 

CellistsMajor in Orchestral Instruments

35.5 Units

General Education (9 Units)

Requirements

School of Music (26.5 Units)

Course Course Units

Applied Major

7

Applied Minor

1

Theory

4

Survey of Music History

1

Keyboard Basics (or proficiency)

NC

Functional Piano

1

Conducting

1

Upper Division Theory

choose from:

1

Upper Division Music History

choose from:

2
MUS 309 Orchestration 1
MUS 31/31X Chamber Music (2 semesters) .5
Ensembles (8 semesters) 2
Music Electives 5
MUS 15X: Experiencing the Live Performance of Concert Repertoire  (7 semesters) NC

 

School of Music Computer LabMajor in Composition

This degree places strong emphasis on private composition study as well as on other areas of critical importance to composers: applied instrumental and vocal instruction, music history, theory, conducting, and music technology/computer music. This program is aimed at developing young composers' aesthetic sensitivities, practical skills and inner ears in ways that will make it possible for them to create music of significance and meaning.

35 Units

General Education (9 Units)

Requirements

School of Music (26 Units)

Course Course Units
Applied Concentration 3.5

Theory

4

Survey of Music History

1

Keyboard Basics (or proficiency)

NC

Functional Piano

1

Composition

6

Upper Division Music History

Plus one from:

2
MUS 301 Tonal Counterpoint 1
MUS 302 Advanced Analysis 1
MUS 309 Orchestration 1
MUS 313 Electroacoustic Music 1

Conducting/Improvisation

1
Ensembles (8 semesters) 2
Music Electives 1.5
MUS 15X: Experiencing the Live Performance of Concert Repertoire  (7 semesters) NC

 

Major in Classical Guitar Performance

The School of Music announces its new degree program in Classical Guitar Performance. This program, which will begin in the fall of 2013, is designed for students committed to the achievement of excellence in the field of performance, and also includes extensive studies in music literature, pedagogical techniques, and theory. Also, those students whose principal instrument is guitar and who wish to pursue the degree in composition can now audition on guitar. Instruction on classical guitar will also be available as a secondary instrument to students who are pursuing other degree programs; this would be particularly appealing to music education students.

Viewbiographical information for Mark Anderson, Instructor of Classical Guitar.

35.5 Units

General Education (9 Units)

Requirements

School of Music (26.5 Units)

Course Course Units

Applied Major: Classical Guitar

7 units

Applied Minor

1

Theory

4

Survey of Music History

1

Keyboard Basics (or proficiency)

NC

Functional Piano

1

Fundamentals of Conducting

.5

Fretboard Harmony

  • MUS 210
.5
MUS 323 Guitar Pedagogy 1

Guitar History and Literature

  • MUS 341
  • MUS 342
2

Upper Division Theory

choose from:

1

Upper Division Music History

choose from:

2
Large Ensemble (2 semesters) .5
Small Ensemble (8 semesters) 2

 

Other specific requirements

All students pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree in Performance must present both junior and senior recitals of acceptable quality for completion of the applied music requirements for the respective levels.  Students pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree with a major in composition shall present a public recital of original work during the senior year.